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Efficient Technique: Buy It For Life

by Justin Phelps •

“Buy It For Life” means acquiring and using products that are built to last a lifetime. Amidst the thousands of disposable goods and cheaply-constructed gadgets that provide continual fuel for consumerism, there remain some products that promise enduring excellence. The movement to embrace high-quality, long-lasting goods promotes less consumption, less waste, and (often) less money spent in the long run.

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Home Coffee Roasters: 5 Efficient Choices

by Tracy McGill •

Home coffee roasting, once considered an exotic practice only for the hardcore coffee drinker, has seen a rebirth in recent years. Coffee lovers everywhere are embracing this surprisingly simple and efficient way to enjoy the best tasting coffee around. Once a common practice in American households, the 20th century onslaught of commercial coffee roasters and instant coffee virtually wiped out …

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Best Chef Knives Of 2010

by Benjamin Roman •

Good chef knives are the workhorses of any kitchen – they will slice, chop and crush as well as a whole drawer of kitchen gadgets. A quality blade will last virtually forever, avoiding the hassle and expense of replacement, and a well-built knife will make preparing ingredients much more efficient. Chef knives have blades around 8 inches long, although this …

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The Best Blenders

by Kristy Harvey •

If you are a smoothie — or margarita — person, you know how important it is to have the best possible blender. You also know how annoying it is when you are trying to fly out the door and weak blades just can’t power through all those frozen strawberries. No matter what your blending needs, you need a machine that …

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The Best Juice Extractors

by Kristy Harvey •

Juicing has long been hailed as one of the best ways to get healthy, stay healthy, and live a full, active life. (Just look at Jack LaLanne!) But to get all of the health-inducing vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and enzymes that juicing has to offer, you first have to have the best juice extractor. Here are our picks for the best …

The Best Slow Cookers

by Kristy Harvey •

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The slow cooker might have been around since the ‘70s, but this trusty kitchen essential has changed quite a bit over the past forty years. It’s faster, sleeker and more energy efficient and than its counter-top ancestors. No matter what your slow cook needs, there’s a top-rated model for you. And the best news? There’s not a drop of avocado …

The Most Energy Efficient Refrigerators

by nicholas •

For consumers looking for an energy efficient refrigerator these days, the choices (thankfully) are numerous.  It seems that just about every major appliance manufacturer has developed a model that is energy efficient enough to garner the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program seal of approval. While the most popular refrigerator model in terms of sales is the side-by-side configuration, that …

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Updates From The MetaEfficient Kitchen Labs

by Justin Thomas •

This summer I’ve been working on food-related optimization projects, here are some updates: I now have subscriptions with two local farmers (through a CSA or Community Support Agriculture). One farmer provides me with raw milk, raw butter and eggs, the other farmer provides vegetables and fruit. They both happen to deliver to same street in my neighborhood, so I ride my bike …

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The Best Rice Cookers

by Siel •

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I recommend a fuzzy logic rice cooker if you eat rice every day, basically making your cooker an always-on device. Your rice will take about twice as long to cook as it does in on-off rice cookers — but if rice is part of your daily routine, that will never be a concern. In a fuzzy logic cooker, there will …